How To Read An 1880 Soundex Card?

How To Read An 1880 Soundex Card? :

Compiled by Tracey Carrington Converse
Reprinted coutesy of Genealogy Records Service
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Head of Household :

Description :

Volume Number-only used when searching a large city :

Enumeration District-Most important number used to find family in any size county :

Sheet Number-Used to locate correct page of census after findingthe ED :

Line Number-Once the correct sheet is found, use the linenumber to locate the family :

County :

City :

Birthplace of Head of Family :

If the family lives inside the city limits, you will find thestreet address listed here :

Other Members of Family :





How Do I Read This Card? : So many people only look at the Soundex Card but miss the extra information found on the census. Always look at the actual census record. To locate the record, think of the Soundex information like a book. The Enumeration District or ED is similar to chapter numbers in a book. You need this number to narrow your search. The sheet number is the page that the record is found on and the line number is justthat, the line the family is located. I suggest copying both the Soundex card and the census record for future reference.

What Does This Card Say About the Family? : This is the fictious card of the Joseph P. Clark family. First, it lists some important family information. All of the children are listed, as well as, J.P. Clark’s mother in law. You see the ages and the birthplaces of all family members but there is additional information that you may have missed. For instance, from the above information we can speculate that the Joseph and Clarissa were married in Tennessee. Because, Clarissa and Thomas were born there. And, because of the 20 year age difference in Clarissa and her son Thomas, remember there maybe an older sibling who is already out of the house. We also know that the Clark’s moved to Arkansas sometime between 1866 and 1874 from the ages and birthplaces of the younger children. You will also note that Priscilla Anderson is listed as Joseph’s mother in law. This does not mean that Clarissa’s maiden name was Anderson. Remember, Priscilla may have been a widow and remarried.

What’s the Next Step? : After pulling the 1880 Arkansas Census record on this family, track the family back to the 1870 Tennessee Census. Remember, only the older two children will show up. The others have not been born. Also, keep in mind, that there maybe a third child who had already movedout of the home by 1880. While you are searching look for an Anderson family with Priscilla. You may find her as head of household if she were widowed during the Civil War. Another tip is to look for a naming pattern! There is a good chance that the male children were named for both Joseph and Clarissa’s fathers.

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Essential Business Letters Index

How To Read An 1880 Soundex Card?

Letter Asking A Donation
Letter Asking A Favor
Letter Asking for More Details
Letter Asking for Donations
Letter Denying of Dealership
Letter for Change of Address
Letter for Distributorship
Letter for Employment
Letter for Hotel Reservation
Letter for Letter of Credit
Letter for Line of Credit
Letter for Product Launch
Letter for Promotion
Letter for Retirement Congrats
Letter for Scholarship
Letter for Settlement of Bill
Letter for Tender
Letter for Testimonial
Letter of Agreement
Letter of Assurance
Letter of Credit
Letter of Enquiry
Letter of Order
Letter of Persuasion
Letter of Sympathy
Letter Offering Discount
Letter Related to Advertisement
Letter Related to Despatch
Letter Related to Training
Letter to A Foreign Buyer
Letter to Pen-Friend
Letter to Police
Letter with Order
Letter with Quotation
Letter Writing
Letters about Company Shares
Letters by Clubs and Societies
Letters by Landlords & Tenants
Letters for Appointment of Dealers
Letters for Business Relations
Letters for Buying and Selling
Letters for Credit & Collection
Letters for Foreign Travel
Letters for Lease & Tenancy
Letters for Loan & Borrowing
Letters for Transfer & Assignment
Letters for Insurance
Letters Noting Discrepancy
Letters of Condolence & Sorrow
Letters of Regret
Letters Regarding Maintenance
Letters Regarding Payment
Letters Related to Employees
Letters to Local Corporation
Letters to Postal Authorities
Letters to The Editor
Letters Used in Real Estate
Letters With Postal Department
Letters With Railways Authorities

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